Direct Patent Infringement Implicates Coverage for Piracy

(Consultant) (Insurance coverage for patent infringement claims asserted by Hayes under Georgia law see In Re Hayes Microcomputer Products, Inc., patent litigation, 966 F. Supp. 818, (D. Ga. 1991), including favorable coverage action or benefit of insured sued by Hayes in Omnitel v. Chubb Group Insurance Companies, 26 U.S.P.Q. 2d 1933, 1993 WL 438839, Cal. Sup. Ct. (March 26, 1993). In Omnitel, the court found "piracy" offense implicated coverage for patent infringement claim and that as well as unfair competition as in alternative theory in the event that the patent infringement claims were not successful based on the fact that allegations served. The court found use in advertisements of Hayes compatible feature has part of product demonstrations at trade shows triggered a causal nexus, calling for insurance defense. Principles applied were found applicable in Georgia.)